SMITHFIELD – Police arrested two people at Smithfield Community Park. Around 2:00am, January 31st, an officer was on routine patrol inside the park and noticed a suspicious vehicle with two people inside. The park was closed to the public at the time.
Police said they made contact with the two people in the SUV and during a search allegedly found a small amount of suspected marijuana, a Ruger 9mm handgun, 12 rounds of ammunition, and a counterfeit $100 bill.
Stephen Joseph Smith, 19, of Commodore Street, Clayton was charged with possession of a gun with an altered serial number, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting a public officer and simple possession of a controlled substance. He was held on a $55,000 secured bond at the Johnston County Jail.
Mekhi Jakim McKenzie, 18, of Lakeview Drive, Clayton was charged with possession of counterfeit money. He was served with unrelated December 2021 arrest warrants for assault on a female and communicating threats. McKenzie was confined in the Johnston County Jail under $30,000 secured bail.
The Ford Escape they were operating was towed from the park.